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THE STETSON ORACLE 



PUBLISHED 


BY THE PUPILS OF 


1916, 


S. 


H. S. 


Vol. 1 


Randolph, Mass., June, 1916 






No. 2 



editorial &taii 



Editor-in-Chief 

Literary Editor 

Editorials 

Exchanges 

Athletics 

Class Notes 

Alumni 

Advertising 

Treasurer 



Edward J. Roddan, '16 

Ruth Peterson, '16 

Horace A. Mann, '16 

James Donovan, '16 

Charles Cunningham, '16 

Margaret Desmond, '16 

John T. O'Brien, '16 

Thomas Lyons, '16 

Walter Carney, '16 



SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS 



The first number of the ' Stetson 
Oracle, which was issued less than 
a month ago, was well received, and 
we wish to thank both our subscrib- 
ers and advertisers for helping us 
make it a success. 

The idea of using the magazine 
form for our graduation program 
instead of continuing the old idea 
of a smaller program, seemed a 
good one to us as it allows more 
room for cuts and reading matter. 

We are glad to be able to show 
the new cut of the school from a 
picture taken by Mr. Wilson only, 
a few weeks ago. This shows the 
grounds of the school as well as the 
building to better advantage than 
any picture taken before. 

By using larger pages we are al- 
so enabled to put in a larger cut of 
the class and to introduce a few 
lines about each member. 

We hope that our new program 
will meet with approval. 

It used to be the custom in S. H. 
S. to have a salutatorian bid the au- 
dience welcome in behalf of the 
class and a valedictorian to say 
" Good-bye" for the class. Let this 
number of the "Oracle" be our ex- 
pression of hearty welcome to you 



all, and we will hope that our grad- 
uation will be a successful one, so 
that our last direct connection with 
S. H. S. will be one pleasant to re- 
member. 



Tonight, S. H. S. is losing a number 
of baseball men, and talented mem- 
bers in various lines. Six members 
of our school orchestra are Seniors. 
So is our basket ball captain. In go- 
ing over our list of the accomplish- 
ments of 1916 you will see that quite 
a few vacancies will be left to be 
filled. 

Perhaps some who read this pro- 
gram would like to see some of our 
recent, baseball scores. We have done 
very well this year, considering some 
of our handicaps. We lost Mulligan 
for a while and several other things 
have happened that brought us bad 
luck. But we seem to have improved 
again. 

Our game with Bridgewater was a 
good one. It was quite a hard game 
and the score was 8-4, in our favor. 

How do you like our gypsies ? We 
think they are pretty good. 

(Continued on Page 14) 



The Stetson Oracle 




CLASS OF 1916. STETSON HIGH SCHOOL 



The idea of reducing a ping-pong class group to a post-card 
cut, as far as we know, is unique. For several years, the 
Senior classes of S. H. S. have issued these post-cards. Copies 
of the one reproduced above have been sent all over the world. 
One was sent to the trenches in France. 



The Stetson Oracle 



Nineteen Hundred Sixteen, S.H.S. 



Yale Blue and White 



Motto: "Work to Win." 



Class Flower : Forget-me-not 



Latin Course 

Thomas Edward Kenney Marion Louise Leavitt 

Edward Leo Roddan 

English Course 

Arthur Joseph Brennan Charles Joseph Cunningham 

Mary Louise Crocker Herbert Peterson 

Commercial Course 



Walter Lawrence Carney 
Margaret Monica Desmond 
James Vincent Donovan 
Charlotte Madeline Evans 
Ida Greenberg 
Winnifred Hess 
Leona Mercedes Hogan 
Gertrude Cecilia Kane 
Walter Francis Kelliher 
Thomas Edward Lyons 
Gertrude Agnes Mahan 



Horace Arthur Mann 
Mildred Catherine McAuliffe 
Henry Vincent Morgan 
John Thomas O'Brien 
Walter Joseph O'Leary 
Ruth Alice Elizabeth Peterson 
Letitia Frances Scannell 
Jennie Augusta Schultz 
Anna Margaret Sullivan 
Robert Frazer Wallace 
Viola Frances Wood 



Class Officers 



President— Edward Leo Roddan. 
VlCE-PRES.— Charles Joseph Cunningham 
Secretary— Charlotte Madeline Evans. 
Treasurer— Leona Mercedes Hogan. 

Executive Committee 

All members of Class. 
Walter Lawrence Carney, Chairman 

Trustees of Stetson High School 

Edward Long George V. Higgins, M.D. 
Edmund K. Belcher 



Compliments of F. C. Granger, M, D. 



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CLASS OF 1916 



Arthur Joseph Brennan. "Bowser." 

Born in Randolph, May 10, 1899. 
Graduate of the Belcher Grammar 
School. Violinist in the S. H. S. or- 
chestra. Sub on the baseball team. 
He is gifted with a good sense of hu- 
mor and is somewhat affected by 
bashfulness. 

Walter Lawrence Carney. 

Born in the same town as above — 
June 8, 1899. Graduate of Prescott 
Grammar School. Another one of 
our famous actors, who has been in 
the cast of four plays, having the 
title role in our recent production of 
"Prof. Pepp." As a nervous profes- 
sor Walter is "quite some." "Bum- 
ski!" Whenever any one says that 
he jumps a foot, so they say. 

Mary Louise Crocker. 

Born, Holbrook, May 24, 1900. 
Graduate of Belcher Grammar 
School. Tennis player — piano play- 
er. Member of S. H. S. orchestra. In 
the cast of three plays. Louise is 
musical, and besides playing the 
piano, she can sing. She has a part 
in a vocal duet at graduation. 

Charles Joseph Cunningham. "Cun- 

Born in Randolph, Mass., Feb. 2, 
1899. Prescott Grammar School. 
Jloward Green in ''Prof. Pepp." 
Vice-President of the class. Sport- 
ing Editor of the "Oracle." "Cun- 
ny" has played every position on 
the nine ever since he has been with 
us, and ends his S. H. S. athletic ca- 
reer as our captain, and a very pop- 
ular one. His other nickname, "Smil- 
er," tells you what his disposition 
is. He always does more than his 
part of the work, and keeps smiling. 
We almost forgot to say that he is^ 
one of our best basket-ball players. 

Margaret Monica Desmond. "Peg- 
gy." 
Born in Randolph, Mass., May 16, 

1898. Graduate of Prescott School. 
Mrs. Templeton in "The Templeton 
Teapot." Angeline Spriggins in 



"Ici On Parle Francais. ""Desperate 
Peg" is quite an actress. Just watch 
her as graduation prophetess and 
see. 

James Vincent Donovan. 

Born in Randolph, Mass, Jan. 22, 
1899. Graduate of Prescott Gram- 
mar School. Baseball Treasurer 
1916. Cast of "The Temptation 
Teapot," "Either or Eeyther," "Ici 
on Parle Francais," "Prof. Pepp." 
This sounds like an account of the 
theatrical experiences of E. H. Soth- 
ern, and indeed it is rumored that 
Dit confesses to a weakness for the 
stage, particularly the "movy" 
stage. But we all know him well as 
the smiling post-boy who comes to 
school late each day with a letter 
for us all. As to athletics, Dit is 
found on the bench. He tells us that 
he sings bass, but we are glad to say 
we never heard him. Exchange edi- 
tor of the "Oracle." Class Will. We 
wonder what he will leave us. 

Charlotte Madeline Evans. 

Born Roxbury, Mass., Dec. 2, 1898. 
•Graduate of Belcher Grammar 
School. Aunt Sue in "The Temple- 
ton Teapot." In the cast of "Either 
or Eeyther" and "Ici On Parle 
Francais." Charlotte is the efficient 
scribe of 1916. 

Ida Greenberg. 

Randolph, Mass., Nov. 5, 1899. 
Graduate of Prescott School. Olga 
Stopski in "Prof. Pepp." Won a 
pair of gloves in the Frasier Co. con- 
test. Ida is one of our clever peo- 
ple. She can take Stenography at 
a great rate and always knows her 
lessons. 

Winnif red Hess. "Winny." 

Born Randolph, Mass., on presi- 
dential inauguration day, March 4, 
1898. Prescott School. Has played 
basket-ball "like a champ" from her 
Freshman days, and now we lose an 
excellent captain and forward. Ten- 

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nis Tournament, senior year. Took 
part of "Twitter" in "Either or 
Eeyther." Played violin in S. H. S. 
orchestra. Violin solo at gradua- 
tion. Take it all in all, Winny cer- 
tainly qualifies as one of our all- 
round accomplished girls. 

Leona Mercedes Hogan. "Muggins." 

Born Randolph, April 25, 1899. 
Graduate of Prescott Grammar 
School. Anna Maria in "Ice On 
Parle Francais." Petunia Muggins 
in "Prof. Pepp." She can lisp beau- 
tifully, as you know, if you attend- 
ed our senior play. Won a prize in 
the Penmanship Contest. Subscrip- 
tion Editor of the "Oracle." Treas- 
urer of the Senior Class. It was while 
holding this position that Leona 
learned what it means to "lay on 
the table." Class Prophet, 1916. 
Just watch her prophecy. She and 
"Desperate Peg" have figured out 
the future for the rest of us. 

Gertrude Cecilia Kane. 

Born, Millis, Mass. Jan. 29, 1898. 
Graduate of Prescott Grammar 
School. Kitty Clover in "Prof. 
Pepp." Gert is on the class exec- 
utive committee, has won two prizes 
for penmanship at Brockton Busi- 
ness College, can play tennis, and 
can play the piano. She has the 
courage to admit that she is an anti- 
suffragette, and that takes some 
courage, nowadays. 

Walter Francis Kelliher. "Kell." 

Born Oct. 7, 1899, Randolph, Mass. 
Graduate of Prescott Grammar 
School. Basket-ball, Junior and 
Senior year. Football Senior year. 
A pleasant boy, upon whom we 
could always depend for a smile. 

Thomas Edward Kenney. "Tom." 

Born North Easton. Feb. 1, 1900. 
Graduate of Belcher School. Second 
prize for essay, "Electricity in the 
Modern Home." Tom is the well- 
known keeper of the score book at 
ball games. The crowd is always ten 
deep around him to find out how far 
ahead we are. 



Marian Louise Leavitt. 

Born Randolph, Feb. 12, 1899. 
Graduate of Prescott Grammar 
School. Marian has been so busy 
taking College Entrance examina- 
tions lately that she hardly has time 
to speak to us. Marian has always 
been busy, which perhaps accounts 
for the fact that she seems to know 
quite a lot — at least, much more than 
some of us know. Che can play the 
piano, recite Latin by the yard, fig- 
ure out algebra, and a lot of things 
that bother most of us a great deal. 

Thomas Edward Lyons. "Mud," 
"Tee-Hee." 

Tommy thought he would be dif- 
ferent from the rest of his class, so 
he chose an original birthplace, 
"Randolph," where he arrived Jan. 
2, 1899, and has been quite alive 
ever since. He came to us from the 
Prescott Grammar School four 
years ago, and has done many 
things to distinguish himself. He 
has been both a sub and a regular 
on our nine, this year playing right 
field. In basket-ball he has been 
left back. Our athletics certainlv 
will feel the loss of 1916. 

"Mud" was Advertising Mana- 
ger of the "Oracle." and an extra 
efiicient one. Also "Mud" has been 
on the stage as Sim Batty in "Prof. 
Pepp." 

Of course we al] know that Tom- 
my likes to argue, and we like to 
have him like to ars^ue. He wouldn't 
be Tommy if he didn't. 
Gertrude Agnes Mahan. "Ger/t." 

Born East Weymouth, Nov. 18, 
1899. Graduate of Belcher Gram- 
mar School; Randolph. Plays the 
piano. Executive Committee class 
of 1916. "Gert" is going to enter 
upon the career of a lecturer tonight* 
So watch out ! 

Horace Arthur Mann. 

Born in Boston, Oct, 14, 1899. 
Graduate of the Belcher Grammar 
School. First prize for "Electricity 
in the Modern House." Class Treas- 
urer two years. Horace is one of 
the kind who keeps still and learns 
a lot — and he xloes know a lot, too. 

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Program 



Gillis 
Forbes 

Donizetti 
Brigham 



March 

MARION L. LEAVITT at Piano 
CHARLOTTE M. EVANS, Marshal 

Invocation 

Rev. WARREN N. BIXBY 

"The Dashing Cavaliers" 

1916 orchestra 
Class History 

WALTER L. CARNEY 

Violin Solo, "Reverie" 

WINNIFRED HESS 

RECITATION, "Aunt Patience's Doughnuts*' 

RUTH PETERSON 

GlRLS' CHORUS, "When the Leaves are Turning 

Gold" 

Mandolin Solo, "Where Memory Dwells" 

LETITIA F. SCANNELL 

"Land of the Midnight Sun" 

GERTRUDE A. MAHAN 

Class Prophecy 

LEONA M. HOGAN 
MARGARET M. DESMOND 

CHORUS, "Barbara Frietchie" 

LOUISE CROCKER at Piano 
MAY C. MORGAN, '14, Soloist 

"Tricks of Motion Pictures" 

IDA GREENBERG 

Presentation of Class Gift 

ANNA M. SULLIVAN 

Duet, "Like the Lark" Fritz Abt 

VIOLA F. WOOD 
LOUISE CROCKER 

Class Will 

JAMES V. DONOVAN 

CORNET Solo, "Honeysuckle Polka" Casey 

EDWARD L. RODDAN 

Awarding of Plattsburg Training Camp Prize 

JAMES D. HENDERSON, President Randolph Trust Co. 

Presentation of Diplomas 

Superintendent SAMUEL F. BLODGETT 

"The Star Spangled Banner" Key 

SCHOOL and AUDIENCE 



Jordan 



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Mildred Catherine McAuliffe. 

For birth-place see almost any 
other 1916er's birthplace. Oct. 20, 
1898. Graduate of Prescott Gram- 
mar School. Mildred is always a 
good sport and "one of the girls." 
She is quiet, but always there. 

Henry Vincent Morgan. "Ignatz." 

Born, same town, on St. Valen- 
tine's day, 1900. Isn't it splendid 
to think that Henry was born on 
St. Valentine's Day! In spite of 
that fact he is a great actor and has 
held five audiences enthralled by 
his ability while he has been in 
S. H. S. 1913, "The Templeton Tea 
pot;" 1914, "Either or Eeyther; 

1915, "Ici On Parle Francais; 

1916, Buttonbuster in "Prof. 
Pepp;" 1916, Dennis, the garden- 
er, in "The Straw Man." Henry 
is quite accommodating and helped 
us out on the "Oracle," for whicn 
we thank him. 

John Thomas O'Brien. "Champ," 
"Noisy," "Swede." 
Born in Randolph, Mass, July 
17, 1898 Graduate of Prescott 
School. Pitcher on the nine — 
hence the name "Champ." Center 
on the basket-ball team. Noisy 
Fleming in "Prof. Pepp," but he 
had the nick-name "Noisy" long 
before that. Alumni editor of the 
"Stetson Oracle." A big heart 
and a good disposition — a very 
agreeable combination to have. 

Walter Joseph O'Leary. "Oley." 

Born in Randolph, Mass., Aug. 
23, 1899. Graduate of Prescott 
Grammar School. Entered Stetson 
High the following September and 
has spent most of his time there 
ever since. Oley is quite a hand at 
basket-ball, has played football 
and even tried baseball. Peddler 
in "Prof. Pepp." Gaston in "The 
Straw Man," given for the benefit 
of the ball team. Oley is a loyal 
baseball man and always makes 
more than his share of the noise at 
a ball game — something in which 
we might all imitiate him more. 



Herbert Peterson. "Pete." 

Born in Roxbury, Mass., Sept. 2, 
1898. Graduate of Belcher Gram- 
mar School. "Pete" has a beauti- 
ful bass voice and tells us with 
pride that he is one of Miss Hand's 
right-hand men. He is going to go 
to Plattsburg Camp this summer, 
thanks to the generosity of the Ran- 
dolph Trust Co. We have visions 
of Pete rising at the sound of the 
bugle in the gray dawn and tramp- 
ing around all day till he is foot- 
sore and weary; then sinking into 
or onto the floor of a tent at night 
with a sigh thinking "Randolph 
was never like this." 



" Ruth Alice Elizabeth Peterson. 



Born Brookline, Mass., April 12, 
1899. Graduate of Belcher Gram- 
mar School. Mrs. Spriggins in "Ici 
On Parle Francais." Irene Van 
Hilt in "Prof. Pepp." Literary Ed- 
itor of the "Oracle." Prize from 
Fraser's Store, 1916. Ruth is a 
reader and a writer both. Once 
she had a short story published in 
the Post. Several times she has read 
for us and will read at graduation. 
Another girl whom 1916 will be 
proud to claim. 

Edward Leo Roddan. 

Randolph, Mass., Jan. 10, 1899. 
Prescott Grammar School. Football 
senior year. Baseball three years. 
"Eddy" is our expert first base- 
man. Also he is our class president, 
cornetist and editor of the "Ora- 
cle." Like Sir Walter Raleigh he is 
a man of versatility. He won the 
prize from Randolph for a paper 
submitted to the Quincy Board of 
Trade on the "American Merchant 
Marine," plays a cornet solo at 
graduation, and, in fact, can do al- 
most anything reasonable and do it 
well. Eddy is both useful and orna- 
mental, and we are proud to claim 
him as a member of 1916. 

P. S. He did not write this, and 
knows nothing about it. 

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jfOR many years Seth Turner 
was one of the leading citizens of 
Randolph. He was a prominent 
banker of Boston and a well- 
known figure in the financial 
circles of the city. He interested 
himself in everything that per- 
tained to Randolph, and it is due 
to his efforts that the Turner Lib- 
rary belongs to the town. He was 
a friend of Stetson High School 
and gave for its benefit the Turner 
Medal Fund of $1000. 



3(1 MASA STETSON was born on North street, 
^^ Randolph. First a shoemaker at the bench; 
then a retail shoe dealer in Boston, he was dur- 
ing the war of 1812 Commissary-General for the 
State of Massachusetts. He was the owner of 
extensive real estate in Maine, the Township of 
Stetson bearing his name. To this Township he 
gave a church. 

''Stetson Hall. Presented to the town of Ran- 
dolph by the Hon. Amasa Stetson A.D. 
MDCCCXLII. This tablet is placed here by a 
vote of the town as a memorial of the munificence 
of the donor. ' ' 

Originally Stetson H. S. was held in the lower 
part of Stetson Hall, and when it was fornd that 
the rent of the various parts of the Hall was not 
sufficient to pay the expenses of the school, 
Amasa Stetson gave $10,000 for its support. 

He died in Dorchester and is buried there. 
The History of Braintree tells us that at the 
time of his death, he was worth $600,000. 




AMASA STETSON 



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Letitia Frances Scannell. "Letty." 

Born in the same town where 
most of us were born, Randolph, in 
the same year, 1899, on August 25. 
Graduate of Prescott Grammar. 
Well known as our prize mandolin 
player. "Letty" is quite ready at 
turning her hand to various things. 
She sings; she plays basket-ball; 
she reads ; she has been in plays ; 
she has been on several commit- 
tees ; she won one of the prizes of- 
fered this year by Fraser's store in 
Brockton. We present to you 
"Letty" as a typical sample of 
what 1916 has to offer. 

Jennie Augusta Schultz. 

Born Canton street, Randolph, on 
March 17, 1899. Jennie was never 
known to complain of her lot at any 
time, and we are very glad indeed 
that she could get back from her 
sickness in time to enjoy the last 
few weeks of S. H. S. with us. We 
are proud of her spunk and cour- 
age. 



Anna Margaret Sullivan, 
belle." 



Anna- 



Admits she was born in Ran- 
dolph, Feb. 29, 1899. Doubtless she 
means Feb. 28. Graduate of Pres- 
cott Grammar School. Vivian Drew 
in "Prof. Pepp." Presentist of the 
glass gift at graduation. 
Robert Frazer Wallace. 

Wallace is an unusual member 
of 1916. He was born in Cambridge 
on Aug. 8, 1898. Graduate of Pres- 
cott Grammar School. Wallace is 
one of the quiet lads who don't say 
much, but seem to make a lot of 
friends just the same. Wallace 
certainly has a lot. 

Viola Frances Wood. 

Born on Liberty street, Randolph, 
Mass., Dec. 9, 1898. Graduate of 
Belcher Grammar School. Basket- 
ball somewhat. Viola plays a cor- 
net in our school orchestra and al- 
so sings at many of our entertain- 
ments. Prize in penmanship and 
bookkeeping. 



(Continued from Page 5) 

Charlotte Evans is one of the best 
class marshals S. H. S. has had for 
some time. 

That march down over the stairs 
in Stetson Hall that looks so simple, 
is not so easy as it looks. You ought 
to try it yourself and find out. 

We all feel rather shaky as we 
wonder what our prophetesses will 
foretell for us. So much depends 
on it! We shall, of course, believe 
every word they say. 

Also what will "Dit" Donovan 
leave us? We have tried to think 
of all the good deeds we ever did 



for him and all the mean things 
we've said to him — but all in vain. 
We cannot figure out what part of 
1916 's vast estate will fall to our 
lot. 

The last gift that has come to the 
school is a steel engraving of 
"Shakespeare and His Friends," 
from the class of 1866. Mrs. William 
Porter presented the gift. A plate 
is being made to put on the frame 
showing who gave the picture. 

Mulligan was our catcher, 

The fruit of all our search, 
But he went and caught pneu- 
monia, 
And left us in the lurch. 




Electric Service 

is the keynote to Comfort and Convenience. 

Our new heating rate is conducive to the 
use of electric appliances. 

An examination of our display room will 
offer some suggestion as to greater comfort 
IN YOUR HOME. 



Randolph & Holbrook 
Power & Electric Company 

E. S. HAMBLEN, Supt. 



Randolph Trust Company 

Capital $60,000 Surplus $6,000 

The Community Bank 



WE ARE PREPARED TO SERVE YOU 

Savings Department 

that pays 4 per cent. 

Commercial Department 

That Pays 2 per cent, on $300 balances 

Safe Deposit Boxes 

$2.50 a year and up 

James D. Henderson, Prest. 
Louis E. Flye, Vice-Pres. Chas. D. Hill, Vice-Prest. 

Frank W. Vye, Treas.